That’s right. Deontay Wilder, after days of silence, has spoken.
Wilder was meant to be attending the fight in Cardiff but he has confirmed that won’t be the case.
Wilder said: ‘I’m not making the trip now. I was looking forward to it,’ Wilder said during an interview with Good Morning Football.
‘Sky Sports hired me to come over and I said I’d come on one condition: If AJ wins then I would get in front of the ring, size him up and tell him I wanted to knock him out.
‘Sky Sports told me they could make it happen. They said it wouldn’t be problem then a couple of days later I get a phone call from my manager saying it’s not going to be possible. And I said I couldn’t come if it wasn’t possible.’
Wilder explained: ‘They said AJ didn’t want it to happen and had hired extra security, I even heard something about a restraining order!
‘Joshua didn’t want to hype the fight. But this is one of the biggest heavyweight title fights in history.’